Workplace performance and hula hoop in the one sentence?! I know. It seems too fun to be true. The thing is though, is that there’s loads of research out there connecting exercise, play and flow with improved workplace performance. Hooping ticks all the boxes!
Hooping is a productivity, motivational mega bomb.
- Keeping you alert and focussed
- Increasing your energy levels
- Improving brain function
- Inspiring new ideas
- Supporting work-life balance
(which has also been shown to improve time management skills)
- Building resilience through working through discomfort
- Generating self-esteem by consistently achieving new goals and meeting challenges hip head on
- Creating contagious happiness, especially when you do it as a team – and happiness fuels productivity
- Increasing positivity
- Improving coping skills
- Enhancing learning ability
Let me break it down for you. Here’s the nuts and bolts behind these wild claims about the hula hoop and workplace performance!
Taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity. Skipping breaks can cause stress and exhaustion.
Fun at work lowers stress levels, reduces absenteeism, and increases productivity.
Moving re-energises the body and re-awakens the mind
Workers don’t take enough breaks — especially breaks involving movement, says Professor James A. Levine. This results in afternoon lethargy, lack of motivation and even an inability to execute the tasks at hand.
Benefits of flow include better workplace performance and enhanced learning ability.
Exercise makes for a happier bottom line.
The economic cost of inactivity in Australia is estimated as $13.8billion with the majority attributed to a loss of productivity in the workplace.
Healthy workplaces are more productive and employees are more engaged.
Studies show that employers benefit from reduced absenteeism and sick leave and improved performance, productivity, satisfaction and motivation.
So, in short, it’s not only ok to hula hoop on the job, it will increase your productivity.
Tell that to your boss…and then invite your team to join you!